The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

 
Hongyu Wu is a University of Illinois student from Wuhan, China

Hongyu Wu is a University of Illinois student from Wuhan, China Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

Today’s headlines:

  • For the first time in nearly six months, all of Illinois’ 11 regions are back in Phase 4 of Governor JB Pritzker’s Coronavirus economic reopening plan.

  • The heads of colleges and universities in Illinois are asking Governor JB Pritzker to move higher education faculty and staff up to 1B in the vaccination queue.

  • A congressional subcommittee has launched an investigation into worker safety violations at meatpacking plants.

  • Champaign County officials reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 Thursdsay. There are 661 active cases countywide, including 29 county residents hospitalized with the virus.

In today's deep dive, Hongyu Wu, a U of I student from Wuhan, China shares his thoughts on living through the pandemic. He talks about his experiences with Reginald Hardwick.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Charlie Schlenker, Dana Cronin, and Reginald Hardwick.